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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Former Port Huron Pharmacist Pleaded Guilty to Fraudulently Obtaining Powerful Painkillers

Kyle Wilhelm, 40, a former pharmacist, pleaded guilty yesterday to obtaining controlled substances, including opioids, by fraud U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Field Division.

Wilhelm pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2, 2019.

According to the plea agreement, between February 2015 and February 2018, Wilhelm utilized his position as a hospital pharmacy manager to fill prescriptions for fictitious patients using false birthdates, false addresses, and by the unauthorized use of a medical doctor’s DEA registration number. He failed to compensate his employer for more than $35,000 in controlled substances he fraudulently obtained. In total, he obtained more than 200,000 dosage units of controlled substances such as oxycodone, hydromorphone, and hydrocodone acetaminophen.    

Wilhelm faces a maximum sentence of imprisonment of eight years, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Ross

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated June 27, 2019